Oil strike hopes at Kelsey in drilling bid

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Plans to allow almost a year of exploratory oil drilling at North Kelsey have been submitted to Lincolnshire County Council.

Egdon Resources has made the application for a 1.59ha site in a field approximately 3.5km north east of South Kelsey and 3km to the south east of North Kelsey.

The land is owned/tenanted by Archibald Nairn Kerr of Foxham Farm, Howsham, Market Rasen, and Graham Clive Holdich Smith of Roythornes LLP, Enterprise Way, Pinchbeck, Spalding.

“The well site will be located approximately 150m to the west of the railway line. There are no sensitive receptors directly overlooking the site with the closest residential property, Smithfield House, located approximately 650metres to the north-west,” said the application.

It also says the exact drill rig has yet to be determined, but it could be 50 metres high, though a smaller 39 metre rig could be used, but that model tends to be noisier.

Drilling operations would be 24 hours a day, including Sundays and Bank Holidays, which would need lighting to allow operations in darkness. But constant operations are needed to protect the rig, it said.

It would take seven weeks to construct the drill site, followed by an eight week drilling phase, 28 weeks of testing, and a six week site restoration. But as the equipment for such works needs is not always available, Egdon seeks planning permission for a “three year window” to undertake the exploration.

The application also says the gross “Best Estimate Prospective Resources for the North Kelsey Prospect range between 0.6 million and 3.2 million barrels of oil (mmbo) for the individual potential reservoir intervals. There is a possibility that there may be up to four stacked units present, in which case gross Best Estimate Prospective Resources could amount to a total of up to 6.5mmbo. The proposed exploratory well would be drilled vertically to test all the potential reservoir intervals.”

The application also stated: “The operations proposed at North Kelsey will involve conventional drilling for oil only and will not- either now or in the future- involve the process of hydraulic ‘fracking’ for shale gas or oil. For clarity this part of Lincolnshire does not have the specific rock formation types and conditions that contain prospective shale gas.”

The application added it has consulted local stakeholders, including meeting South Kelsey and Holton Le Moor Parish Councils, “to ensure the Proposed Development will not result in any adverse environmental or visual impacts.” Mitigation measures are planned.